Federal Ministery for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Within the German government, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is responsible for Germany’s official development policy. The BMZ’s task is to determine the objectives of German development policy, to negotiate with the partner countries worldwide regarding bilateral cooperation, and to play a part in shaping multilateral cooperation. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations constitutes the international framework for Germany’s development policy. A special focus for the BMZ is creating better opportunities in the countries where refugees originate.
Other important topics are global food security, climate action, sustainable economic development, the Marshall Plan with Africa and the Green Button certification label.
The Green Button is a government-run certification label for sustainably manufactured textiles. It sets out mandatory requirements to protect people and the environment in the textile production process. A total of 46 stringent social and environmental standards must be met. Independent auditors review compliance with the criteria.
The Ministry has its headquarters in Bonn and Berlin. The BMZ also has some staff seconded to German embassies in its partner countries and to international organisations. For the implementation of its projects, the BMZ relies on the following organisations among others: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), KfW Group, and Engagement Global – Service for Development Initiatives.